Democratic strategist Maria Cardona didn’t mince words when discussing President Donald Trump’s speech to the Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC. In the address Friday, Trump claimed that people couldn’t say Merry Christmas instead they say Happy New Year. The panel all had a good laugh and host Don Lemon noted that Christmas and New Year were completely different things. “Thank God that the president addressed this, Don, because I know that this is what keeps every single American up at night,” Cardona said, her voice dripping with sarcasm. “This is a huge problem in the country. So, I’m glad the president is focusing on it.” Even Republican Margaret Hoover, who served in George W. Bush’s White House, called the president a “moral compromise” to these Christians, who she said concluded Trump was “the lesser of two evils.” She went on to explain, “the rest, they’ve decided, doesn’t matter.”
In 1980, an Evangelical Christian ran for President against an actor. You could be forgiven for believing the Evangelical community would have cast their ballots for someone who believed as they claimed to. You could also be forgiven for being very sadly mistaken. Evangelicals voted in overwhelming numbers for Ronald Reagan, who was a committed, practicing Christian in the same way I’m the Queen of Sweden. Jimmy Carter, an Evangelical Christian who continues to live his beliefs, lost in large part because his theological fellow travelers saw him as “weak.”
That hypocrisy manifested itself again in 2016, when Evangelicals embraced Donald “Two Corinthians” Trump, whose Christianity prior to running for President had been as obvious as Sean Hannity’s. Hillary Clinton, a practicing and committed Methodist, was excoriated by Evangelicals as if she was in league with Satan.
Cardona called issues like Christmas, and now somehow New Year’s, “political crack” to the Trump base because “the audience that he was speaking to today eats it up.” What she found to be “so ironic” was that it isn’t only a moral compromise, “these Christian values voters have made a deal with the devil.”
She quoted the president saying during the 2016 that he has never once asked God for forgiveness. Nor did Trump know what “that little white wafer thing was,” referring to the Holy Communion cracker that symbolizes the body of Christ.
Evangelicals continue to support Trump despite, according to one report, his regularly mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s (American Taliban) Christian faith. Are these “Christians” really willing to make the moral compromises necessary in order to feel they have a presence at the table? Apparently so…which doesn’t reflect favorably on their faith.
Cardona goes on to refer to Evangelical “values voters” as having been “categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a radical right hate group.” Whether or not that’s a fair characterization is something I’ll leave to my readers. What’s not in dispute is that there’s clearly a disconnect between Far Right Christians and the teachings contained within the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Things like love, tolerance, acceptance, and inclusion seem lost on those who have no problem with cherry-picking parts of Scripture which serve to confirm their prejudice and hatred.
Last week’s “Value Voters Summit” was a convocation of practicing, Bible-believing Christians in the same way Timothy McVeigh was committed to the cause of nonviolent conflict resolution. Many of these folks were staunchly behind Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, the infamous “kill the Gays bill.”
I’m no theologian, but I think I can say with some certainty that nowhere in the Gospel does Jesus Christ sanction the legalizing of murdering homosexuals simply because of who and how they love. Nor did the Prince of Peace preach or condone Islamophobia, racism, sexism, misogyny, or any other floavor of exclusive thinking. He never taught that those not “enlightened” enough to be socially conservative Far-Right Christians are “less than” and deserving of scorn- or worse.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
– Mohandas K. Gandhi
The Values Voters Summit is just another name for a convocation of hate-addled ideologues willing to corrupt a perfectly good religion in order to push their narrow political agenda. There’s nothing remotely Christian about it…especially when you consider which candidate the vast majority of these hypocrites supported for President.
They shouldn’t be allowed to refer to themselves as “Christians” who believe in “traditional values” when anyone with a grip on reality understands that neither is true? Everything they say, whether it’s their claim they want to “return God to America” or “put God back in the public square,” is a smokescreen. They’re no more Bible-believing and faithful Christians than I am…and I don’t even believe in God.
Don’t even get me started on the separation of Church and State, something the vast majority of those at the Values Voters Summit reject out of hand. To them, the only acceptable form of government in America would be based on Biblical law…a theocracy in which they would, of course, be in charge.
The Constitution? That’s for losers, Liberals, and atheists.
It’s what Jesus would do, don’tchaknow??
Sometimes I wonder if the hypocrites like those at the Values Voters Summit even believe in the God of the Bible. If they can be judged by their words and actions, it’s not about faith or the teachings of Jesus Christ. What they worship is power, money, and political power.